OMAN VISAS: The following nationals DO NOT require a visa:
Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates, provided born in country of nationality
Required by all except those as noted above and those continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft provided holding confirmed onward tickets and documents for their next destination for a maximum stay of 72 hours
Compulsory vaccinations: Yellow fever certificate if arriving from infected areas.
Recommended immunisations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Polio, TB, Tetanus & Typhoid.
Risks: Malaria, very limited risk exists in remote areas of Musandam province. Rabies.
The rainy season on the south coast is between Jun-Sep whilst in the mountains and lowlands of the north rain may fall during any month. Rainfall is greater in the northern mountains than the rest of the country. On the coast temperatures are high during the year but especially between May-Aug when it is at it’s hottest. Inland temperatures are even higher although made more bearable by lower humidity.
Location of Oman: Middle East
Local Time in Oman: GMT+4
Capital City of Oman: Muscat
Population of Oman: 2.3 million
Language(s) spoken in Oman: Arabic, English
Dialling Code for Oman: 968
Emergency numbers in Oman: Police, Fire, Ambulance: 999
Driving in Oman: Driving is on the right. A local licence must be obtained from the Police by presenting a National licence or International Driving Permit
Electricity in Oman: 220/240V AC 50Hz
Currency in Oman: Omani Rial (OMR 1 = 1,000 Baizas)
Notes: OMR: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50. Baizas: 100, 200, 250, 500
Coins: Baizas: 5, 10, 25, 50
Credit Cards/Travellers Cheques: Credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted
Opening Hours in Oman:
Bank: 0800-1200 Sat-Wed, 0800-1130 Thur
Office: 0800-1300 & 1600-1900 Sat-Wed, 0800-1300 Thur
Shops: 0800-1300 & 1600-2000 Sat-Thur, 1600-2100 Fri
Hints in Oman: Women should dress conventionally. Most executives speak English but a few words of Arabic would be appreciated. Muslim conventions apply. Smoking is accepted but subject to some restriction in public and Government offices. Selling of alcohol is regulated but is available in hotels and restaurants. On social occasions be punctual. Dress as for business meetings unless otherwise indicated. Very strict laws against drinking and driving apply
Tipping in Oman: Around 10%
Import Allowances in Oman:
2 lit/2 bottles max per family if imported by non-Muslim (more than 2 lit results in a fine)
227ml of perfume
Prohibited/Restricted in Oman: Firearms (unless with prior permission). Obscene literature, videotapes, Non canned food products
Muscat Seeb International (MCT)